Exhibition on stem cells in Lucerne


The exhibition "Stem Cells - Origin of Life" will be open to visitors from 27 June to 15 November at the Nature Museum Lucerne. It is the first sizeable exhibition in Switzerland exploring this fascinating and controversial subject.

We all grew from a stem cell, and all grown-up humans would be dead within weeks if they didn't have stem cells. The cells have incredible prowess: minute by minute they produce around 300 million new cells in our body, which is effectively renewed in this way. Is it possible to use these cells to improve treatments for Parkinson's, diabetes or cancer? Can we use them to grow new blood vessels or even entire hearts in the lab?

The exhibition "Stem cells - origin of life" explains the nature of stem cells, how they heal wounds and constantly renew humans, but also animals and plants, and how they are used in hospitals today. Stem cells make it possible to grow artificial skin to treat patients with severe burns. They are also used to treat cancer patients. Scientists are even able to produce lab-grown tracheas, ears, blood vessels or muscles on the basis of stem cells. What is next? Entire organs? Stem cell research raises many uncomfortable questions.

The exhibition is a project of the National Research Programme "Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine" (NRP 63). It received additional funding from the Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Roche.

Exhibition venues: Lausanne, Zurich, Lucerne

The exhibition will be on display from:

  • 24 September 2014 to 22 February 2015: Musée de la main UNIL-CHUV, Lausanne;
  • 10 March 2015 to 14 June 2015: Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich, Zurich;
  • 27 June 2015 to 15 November 2015, Natural History Museum Lucerne, Lucerne.

A selection of the exhibits on display

Stem cell scanner: forget about your birthday! Since many tissues are continually renewed, much of our body is less than ten years old. In the stem cell scanner, visitors can discover how old their blood, intestines and brain are.


Hercules and the Hydra: the ancient Greeks were already fascinated by the ability of certain animals to regenerate. The perfect example of this is the story of Hercules who cuts off the head of the serpent-like monster Hydra, but for each head cut off the monster grew two more. The myth of Hercules as well as six other myths are represented in the exhibition.


Pick yourself up – dust yourself off – go on with your life (documentary in German: "Aufstehen – Krone richten – weitermachen") Jens Müller was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012. Thanks to a blood stem cell transplant, he is now able to lead a normal life again. In this documentary, he takes us to the main locations in his story and recounts what he and those close to him went through.


Further information on this content


Informationen zur Ausstellung Adrian Heuss
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